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DragonFire (DragonKeeper Chronicles #4)

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Three years of strife have passed since Kale and Bardon freed Paladin’s knights. Now, fiery dragons scorch their beautiful countryside as an evil husband-and-wife wizard duo battle one another for supremacy. The people of Amara just want to be left alone, hoping the conflict with disappear. But Paladin is dying, and Bardon and Kale–now married–must accept fateful assignmen ...more
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Published July 17th 2007 by WaterBrook (first published 2007)
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Jun 01, 2008 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Three years have passed since the final chapters in DragonKnight. Sir Bardon, an o'rant and emerlindian knight in Paladin's service, has married Kale Allerion, a wizard and Dragon Keeper. When the novel starts, they are standing in the remains of a village destroyed by fire dragons, flying weapons of warfare. Bardon has his hands full as he tries to prevent Kale from entering the partially destroyed inn. But Kale feels the pull of her DragonKeeper talent towards the crumbling building. After Bar ...more
Jul 14, 2014 Morgan rated it it was amazing
DragonFire was a very interesting book, and a worthy continuation of the Dragon Keeper chronicles. I very much enjoyed reading it, and it was actually the Dragon Keeper book I read the fastest, reading it in about three days. And it made me still want to read the last book, which is always a good thing.

Writing: 4/5

Ms. Paul's writing is much the same as always, not exactly the best in physical descriptions, but quite sufficient to get the mental movie going in my head. The writing does really get
Timothy Stone
Feb 02, 2014 Timothy Stone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In DragonFire, the fourth book of the popular The Dragonkeeper Chronicles series by Donita K. Paul, the story begins in a dark scenario that just gets even more morbid from there. The war that had begun at the end of the previous book has been going on for three years at the beginning of this volume, with the forces of the evil wizards battling the Pretender for supremacy, and laying waste to Amara in their struggles. The deaths, injuries, fear, and turmoil are bad enough themselves, and have le ...more
Jul 14, 2015 Logan rated it liked it
It took a couple of years but I finally got around to finishing this with my wife. Let me be clear upfront: I really enjoy Donita K. Paul's worldview, her world she's created, her characters, the morals, and even much of the writing.

That said, I feel she would benefit from a more ruthless editor. While the first couple of books in the series felt like they had a real complete story that she'd probably been mulling over for years, these ones feel like adventures just made up on the fly (oh no, th
Jan 30, 2015 Serena rated it liked it
This one just didn't do it for me. The cover art isn't the greatest (which is highly uncharacteristic), and I didn't enjoy the story nearly as much as her other novels.

We started off on the wrong foot when, on the first page, I discover that Bardon and Kale are married. THERE COULD HAVE BEEN AN ENTIRE BOOK BETWEEN THREE AND FOUR. Gosh, sorry, I don't usually use my caps lock key. But I was quite angry. And then she rubs it in my face by using the words "wife" and "husband" about fifty times in t
Oct 15, 2014 Gloria rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone; fantasy lovers; dragon aficionados
DragonFire begins three years after the events in DragonKnight. Bardon and Kale have married and Kale, having received her part, is loath to leave her husband though he is going on his own quest. The author does not indicate what Kale's parents thought, though her father went with her and her mother went with Bardon.

Kale and her father are both Dragon Keepers. In their quest, dragons are their friends and their goal is to release dragons from their captivity under Burner Stox. (view spoiler)
M.A. Kropp
Apr 04, 2013 M.A. Kropp rated it really liked it
This is technically the fourth book in the Dragonkeeper series, but it is the second I have read. Much like the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis, there is an undercurrent of spiritual idealogy in the stories. And, as with Narnia, you don't have to be a religious person to enjoy them. The religious underpinnings are not so overt as to take over the story. They are there, but Paul does not beat you over the head with them.

In this part of the story, DragonKeeper Kale Allerion is married to Sir Barton, an
Jan 13, 2009 Kit rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: most definetely
Recommended to Kit by: I found the book on B&N's shelf and decided to read it
I couldn't put this book down until I had finished it. Especially in the parts where there is a lot going on and close to the end of the book.
There are two funny parts in this book I want to share. I'll try to be vague on one so as to not to ruin it for every one. The first one is Gilda, who is Regidor's wife (They are both Meech Dragons), at one part is enjoying dinner with all the character's at Paladin's castle. During at which time the Bisonbecks come and attack all of them, every one is rea
Denae Christine
Apr 01, 2012 Denae Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy, dragons
Review added in spring 2012.

Rarely do I come back and add a review the second time I read a book. I never (that I can remember) think less of a book after reading it the second time.
Well, this one I did. The first time through, everything was new and exciting and stressful and tense. This time, it didn't feel that way at all. Donita K Paul is still a good writer and has plenty of danger and conflicts, but not enough about each conflict. She skims over everything with half or a third as many w
Sep 04, 2011 Robert rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoy how Donita spreads the stories out, and has you come into the character's lives again and they've been doing things other than adventuring, living normal lives that we don't get to see. I feel like it makes them more dynamic characters.

Kale and Bardon do seem out of the loop, greatly so. ANd Kale spends a lot of time complaining over things she can't change. She also seems to rely more on physical ability than her magic, which for all the hype they've made over her wizarding ability over
Valerie (Val's Vicinity)
All is not well in Amara. Three years have past since the events of DragonKnight, and things have changed. Evil forces are terrorizing the land, and Paladin is in poor health. Kale and Bardon are both in their 20's and now married (this isn't a spoiler as it's immediately known in the first chapter).

I'm not sure what's happening, but somehow I feel myself drifting farther away from the storyline in this series, especially here with DragonFire. To me it seemed that some of the events in this book
Sep 03, 2013 Stefanie rated it liked it
After the first 3 books of this series, I was kind of looking forward to the next one.
But right now, I'm still wondering about what to write for a review, cause this book had me through different emotions, from loving it, to staring at it unbelievingly.

I loved the relationship between Kale and Bardon, although I'm a bit disappointed, that we never got more to read about their wedding and life.
Kale's father, who gets a bigger part in this volume is a character, whom I can't decide on. On the on
Bill Tillman
Trapped in an evil spell… can the knights of Paladin be rescued?

Before vowing his allegiance to Wulder as a knight, Bardon heads to the mountains for solitude. His life is suddenly complicated by a woman and her granddaughter, N’Rae, on a mission to rescue the woman’s son trapped in a chamber of sleep. Bardon learns that more of Paladin’s knights are imprisoned–and suspects one of them is Dragon Keeper Kale’s missing father.

The secret is in their hands–and hearts.

The band travels north, uncertai
Mar 29, 2016 Amber rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, allegory
I have to admit when I put my first small review I had my doubts, but after finally finishing the book, I have to say I am actually pleased. The book kept you turning the page. You wanted to see what happen to both Bardon and Kale. You felt sorrow and love. There were plenty of emotions and adventures throughout the book that kept making you want more.

True, there us a strong allegory with the book as with the whole series, but that didn't push the story away.

I was skeptical since allegory stor
Cana Elene (
In the 4th installment of the Dragon Keeper Chronicles, Kale and Bardon must battle once again to save their country, their people, and for their's (and their people's) faith in Wulder. There are a lot of battles, a lot of loss, but through it all comes the story of hope.

I must say that this was the hardest book to read. There are several characters that are lost to death, and even at one moment where I just needed to put the book down to cry. But the theme of hope in the most hopeless situatio
A great illustration of how God forgives and is always there to help when we need him the most. I loved the way she showed us how both Bardon and Kale were fighting and learning along the way. It of course could be hard sometimes to remember what had happened when going back and forth between the two but it helped us to see what was happening at the same time. I especially liked the last half of the book once they both got into dangerous situations and were fighting the enemy. They learned to re ...more
Jul 05, 2013 Melanie rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth book of the series.

Kale and Bardon are married! Amara is at war between Paladin's and Pretender's forces. Pretender's leaders, Crim Cropper and Burner Stox are also fighting so there are three evil forces tearing Amara apart. Kale and Bardon have been sequestered in The Bogs, oblivious to the plight of the rest of the country. They have been busy trying to find a cure to save Gilda, and when they do, they leave on a quest to find Gilda and Regidor that puts them right in the m
Dana Jordan
Jul 12, 2016 Dana Jordan rated it really liked it
Questing with her father Kale, they discover the valley where the dragons were being held by Burner Stox. They rescue the dragons and kill Burner Stox but not through wizardry. While Kale and her father are on their quest her mother and husband on battling the quiss threat. Sir Bardon becomes ill and is them captured but the Wizard Cim Cropper.
Feb 11, 2016 Carman rated it it was amazing
Excellent!! I loved it. I thought it would have a bad ending, but it did not. It has a wonderful ending!
Feb 24, 2016 Dorian rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, religious
I don't remember much about this book 2 weeks later. Guess I should have written my review earlier.
Elizabeth J.
Jan 18, 2016 Elizabeth J. rated it really liked it
This book was good. I am looking forward to seeing how this series ends.
Bethany Phillips
I really enjoyed this book. It was fun to see Kale work with her father and get to understand him better. Even if that meant that she had to leave her husband for another mission.

It was great to see some characters that you have loved from the first book grown up and doing what they are called to do and help with dealing with the 2 evil wizards.

The characters are amazing. I love the story and the plot and everything that happens in this book. It builds up to an amazing ending that was just awes
Jan 16, 2015 Licette rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed it very much. Great story and characters.
Mar 03, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Part of the excellent Christian allegory by Mrs. Paul.
Scott Williams
Oct 15, 2011 Frank rated it it was amazing
There was a gap between the last book and this one which the author didn't really bring together and I would like to have read more about what happened but she didn't share that. The book was again a very good one and had the main character up front as well as the 'second' main character. And it was a very strong suspenseful ending. The spirituality of her books seem to grow with each one which I have enjoyed. This has been a good series in fact I would say one of the best series I have read. I' ...more
Sep 06, 2015 Susannah rated it it was amazing
Lovely and exciting!
Nov 27, 2008 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Three years of strife have passed since Kale and Bardon freed Paladins knights. Now, fiery dragons scorch their beautiful countryside as an evil husband-and-wife wizard duo battle one another for supremacy.

The people of Amara just want to be left alone, hoping the conflict with disappear. But Paladin is dying, and Bardon and Kale,now married, must accept fateful assignments if their land is to survive.

Will their efforts turn the tide against their adversaries? They face a deadly threat, and a
Mar 10, 2015 Helen rated it it was amazing
I love this series!
Apr 16, 2014 Reb rated it it was amazing
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Other Books in the Series

DragonKeeper Chronicles (5 books)
  • DragonSpell (DragonKeeper Chronicles, #1)
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